Polarized Light Microscopy Digital Image Gallery

Garnet Wollastonite Skarn

Garnets are a group of silicate minerals that are common in many parts of the world, frequently occurring as well-developed crystals. This fact, along with their availability in a wide array of colors, contributes to their widespread popularity as gemstones. The best-known varieties of garnet utilized for such purposes are almandine, which exhibits deep violet-red hues, and pryope, which is prized for its ruby-red color. Garnets are not only valued, however, for their beauty, but also for their considerable hardness, which makes them useful as abrasives.


© 1995-2013 by Michael W. Davidson and The Florida State University. All Rights Reserved. No images, graphics, software, scripts, or applets may be reproduced or used in any manner without permission from the copyright holders. Use of this website means you agree to all of the Legal Terms and Conditions set forth by the owners.
This website is maintained by our
Graphics & Web Programming Team
in collaboration with Optical Microscopy at the
National High Magnetic Field Laboratory.
Last modification: Thursday, Nov 20, 2003 at 04:12 PM
Access Count Since November 20, 2003: 5657
Microscopes provided by:
Visit the Nikon website. Visit the Olympus Microscopy Resource Center website.